The world of hacking is very different to how it is made to look in films and on TV, and in truth the reality is almost more scary and more impressive. Bharat Bhise HNA founder is an expert when it comes to cybersecurity and he works with many security companies in helping them to identify the best way to protect themselves. Every time that I speak with Bharat he has another horror story to tell me about a hack or a security breach, which is pretty much why I always ensure that my home systems are completely locked down with watertight security. Many of you have been asking about hackers recently, and what different types of hackers there are, which is something I wanted to get into today.

Ethical Hackers

Ethical hacking may appear like an oxymoronic statement but these hackers really do exist and they provide an outstanding service to many companies. Basically these are people with great knowledge of the world of hacking and how to breach systems, and they are enlisted by cybersecurity companies to test out their software. Think about it like this, if you have built a new safe which you want banks to buy,  a professional safecracker is going to be the best person to give it a try, and the same happens with hackers.

Hackers on Hire

Many criminals know the value in hacking into systems and obtaining information, but few of them have the ability to actually perform a hack themselves. In these circumstances we often see hackers paid to break into a system and obtain certain information, which they are then paid for. Now these people won’t care about what they are stealing or how it will be used, they are essentially contracted hackers.

Sports Fans

There are many out there who view hacking as a sport and they try their best to break into systems for no other reason than to see if they can. The hacking community is one where there are plenty of bragging rights up for grabs and if you are able to hack a system that nobody else can, then your stock will rise dramatically. Whilst this is still a crime, they are not looking to commit crimes, other than the hack itself.

Rebellion

We have also seen a rise in political hacking in the last decade, people and groups who wish to use their ability to hack, to further their cause. We have seen politicians get hit with DDoS attacks, as well as political parties or extremist groups become the victim of attacks as well. These people and groups like to think of themselves as protecting the freedoms of many people, and they use their ability to hack as a way to call attention or to cause disruption for many of these political groups and individuals.

There are many reasons why people hack, all of which are pretty scary.